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GNOME (et al): Rotting In Threes -- https://igurublog.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/gnome-et-al-ro...
GNOME 3.8 to drop fallback mode
Posted Nov 10, 2012 18:57 UTC (Sat) by deepfire (subscriber, #26138)
> mccann replies:
> I guess you have to decide if you are a GNOME app, an Ubuntu app, or
> an XFCE app unfortunately. I’m sorry that this is the case but it wasn’t
> GNOME’s fault that Ubuntu has started this fork. And I have no idea what
> XFCE is or does sorry.
> It is my hope that you are a GNOME app…
This article needs publicity.
To me, GNOME developers seem having come from some different planet.
Posted Nov 10, 2012 19:26 UTC (Sat) by rleigh (subscriber, #14622)
When such issues, clearly spelled out, still don't seem to have made it into the collective GNOME consciousness, it does not bode well for the future of GTK+. There was (and is) a massive userbase of GTK+ application developers who use GTK+ outside of the confines of GNOME. Are they all going to be completely screwed over by these people? It would unfortunately appear that this is exactly what is happening.
The main problem seems to be the unhealthy obsession with the "brand" and superficial appearance of the software to the detriment of all else. There are much bigger fish to fry than this superficial frippery.
Posted Nov 11, 2012 2:19 UTC (Sun) by LightDot (guest, #73140)
Did it really come this far that even extensions and themes are considered detrimental to Gnome project goals? Which is... what? Corporate branding?
Posted Nov 11, 2012 22:04 UTC (Sun) by vonbrand (subscriber, #4458)
That one Gnome developer has aired a view that grates you the wrong way is truly appalling...
Posted Nov 11, 2012 23:34 UTC (Sun) by LightDot (guest, #73140)
I won't list the developers names here as I don't want to make this in any way personal (it really isn't), but I believe I have counted at least five persons, all presumably employed by Red Hat to work on Gnome, GTK+ or related tasks.
I just don't see these as merely sporadic private views of people that don't have any weight. I also don't see these views as uncharacteristic of the way Gnome 3 is taking lately. Am I wrong? I'd be glad to be wrong.
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